The Annunciation: The Handmaid of the Lord

By Monique Sammut | April 9, 2018
“Behold the Handmaid of the Lord”

The feast of the Annunciation is celebrated on March 25, nine months before Christmas.  This feast celebrates the day the Angel Gabriel appeared to Mary and asked her to be the Mother of Jesus.  Mary was an ordinary girl from a simple town.  Yet, God chose her from all time, and set her apart to be the mother of His Son.  She was preserved from the stain of original sin from the very moment of her conception.  This is the doctrine of The Immaculate Conception.  Mary was never without Grace but she was still human.  She is not some far off woman who is not acquainted with what it is like to be human.  Mary understands, loves, and cares for each one of us in a very special way.  She is truly the best of mothers. You can help your children celebrate this feast with our new Saint Stickers featuring both Mary the Mother of God and the Angel Gabriel!

The Annunciation for Children

We have a  simple story of the Annunciation that your children will love.  There are also some wonderful books about our Blessed Mother for children including Mary, the Mother of Jesus by Tomie dePaola, Mary My Mother by Father Lovasik, and The Life of Mary for Children by Sister Karen Cavanaugh.  The website Friends and Heroes has a great article for children about Mary also.  The first Joyful Mystery of the Rosary is the Annunciation and meditating on this mystery and the life of Mary is a perfect way to involve children in this wonderful feast!

Highway to Jesus

There is so much we can learn from Mary through the Annunciation.  Through her yes, Mary teaches us what our response to God should be.  Being Full of Grace did not diminish Mary’s ability to say no.  She could have said no to the Angel but she freely chose to say yes.  Mary is known as “the New Eve,” because she chose to say yes, while Eve turned away from God’s plan.

When the Angel Gabriel appeared to Mary, he said “Hail Mary, Full of Grace, the Lord is with thee.”  The words of the Angel Gabriel are so special, they are part of the Hail Mary.

“My boys loved when I acted out the Annunciation with our Angel Gabriel and Mary Mother of God magnets. They were so excited to discover that the prayer actually came from Gabriel’s message to Mary.”  – Theresa

“Mary showed complete trust in God by agreeing to be used as an instrument in his plan of salvation. She trusted him in spite of her nothingness because she knew he who is mighty could do great things in her and through her. Once she said “yes” to him, she never doubted. She was just a young woman, but she belonged to God and nothing nor anyone could separate her from him.”
Blessed Teresa of Calcutta